We need a little Christmas right this very minute soonish

I placed an order on Amazon.com December 1st. I only waited as long as the 1st because I wanted to make all of my purchases at once, so as to be eligible for the Free Super Saver Shipping. It seemed like a good day, though. It certainly wasn't last-minute, but I wasn't making my Christmas purchases in August, either. By the 1st I had a pretty good idea of what I needed to buy online vs in the store, so I made my purchase.

When I was done, I checked the order online and saw that the estimated delivery date was December 28-January 11. What the heck? If I am buying things from Amazon (and not one of their outside provider-people) that are listed as being in stock, how is it possible that it will take 27 days to complete the order? That is terrible! I ended up going back and changing the shipping options to the next-cheapest one, so they're now saying that it'll probably be here by the 24th. That's actually not any better for me because I'm leaving for Ann Arbor on the 21st or 22nd, but I'm hoping that they're just overestimating. This is impossibly ridiculous. What I'm hoping is that everything will get here very promptly and that they just dramatically overestimate the processing time so as to trick gullible people (like myself) into paying for shipping instead of getting it for free.

ARGH!

srah - Monday, 3 December 2007 - 12:25 PM
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Comments (13)

gravatar Smuj - December 3, 2007 - 2:25 PM -

Amazon Prime is fantastic, especially this time of year. Unlimited 2-day shipping for $79/year. They used to offer a free trial membership if you selected 2-day shipping at checkout (that's how I got roped in). Give it a try and see if they're still doing it.

gravatar srah - December 3, 2007 - 2:34 PM -

I remember when they rolled it out and did the free trial. I opted out when it ended. :( I don't do enough Amazon shopping to make it worth the cost.

gravatar courtney - December 3, 2007 - 2:43 PM -

I ordered a ton of stuff from Amazon last year and all of it came before they said it would. I'm sure since you only need it a couple days before the expected delivery date, you'll be fine. No worries! :)

gravatar tiff - December 4, 2007 - 8:09 AM -

Yea I think they are just trying to cover their butts, but it will probably be there like next week or something! It's really the USPS/UPS/whatever shipping services timing they can't estimate, methinks.

gravatar Cheryl - December 4, 2007 - 8:35 AM -

Amazon is pretty fast. I ordered some stuff last month and it shipped immediately, even with the super saver. What's weird, is I ordered some stuff yesterday and I didn't even have that late a delivery! Also, if it hasn't shipped, you should be able to change the address, right? Have it sent to your parents' house.

gravatar Amy - December 4, 2007 - 2:02 PM -

Mame!

(Are we still playing? Can I have points anyway?)

gravatar srah - December 4, 2007 - 9:15 PM -

Sure! Points!

gravatar Rachel - December 5, 2007 - 5:49 PM -

Does Amazon do wrapping?

gravatar srah - December 5, 2007 - 5:57 PM -

For an extra fee!

gravatar Aunt Pat - December 6, 2007 - 7:19 PM -

Yeah, I hate that about Amazon too. They are much slower than a lot of other places I order from. If they have the item in stock, why can't they just ship it the next day? I ordered on Nov. 24th and they still haven't shipped a couple of the items!

gravatar Gary LaPointe - December 9, 2007 - 1:56 AM -

So where are they now in the shipping process?!?

gravatar srah - December 9, 2007 - 10:49 AM -

They broke it up into three parts, and two have arrived now.

gravatar katie - December 16, 2007 - 11:55 AM -

I tend to do my internet Christmas shopping in January, because it's usually for people I don't see on Christmas, and having things on the actual day isn't one of those things I myself am hyper-anal about, so I project my nonchalance onto the people I give to. :P

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